Terps lacrosse player charged with sexual assault at concert


This story was originally spotted at Eye on Annapolis.

MyFoxDC reports:

A 19-year-old man is behind bars after police say he sexually assaulted a 49-year-old woman after she fell asleep in the grass at a concert at Jiffy Lube Live last weekend.

According to investigators, the incident happened Sunday night during the Zac Brown Band concert at the venue in Bristow, Va.  The victim woke up and found the man—whom she didn’t know—lying beside her and touching her inappropriately.

Prince William County police say the suspect, Benjamin Chisolm of Davidsonville, Md., walked away from the victim, and was eventually detained by police for public intoxication.  He was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual battery.

Chisolm is being held without bond, and he is scheduled to appear in court on July 17.

Chisolm is a lacrosse player at the University of Maryland. As a freshman this past season, he scored two goals. He played high school at South River and was an all-state player.

EPA employees told to stop defecating in hallways


Government Executive reports:

Environmental Protection Agency workers have done some odd things recently.

Contractors built secret man caves in an EPA warehouse, an employee pretended to work for the CIA to get unlimited vacations and one worker even spent most of his time on the clock looking at pornography.

It appears, however, that a regional office has reached a new low: Management for Region 8 in Denver, Colo., wrote an email earlier this year to all staff in the area pleading with them to stop inappropriate bathroom behavior, including defecating in the hallway.

In the email, obtained by Government Executive, Deputy Regional Administrator Howard Cantor mentioned “several incidents” in the building, including clogging the toilets with paper towels and “an individual placing feces in the hallway” outside the restroom.

The agency hired a workplace violence expert to consult on the matter who warned the situation could escalate.

1997: Elijah Cummings talked about ‘horror stories’ of ‘dreaded’ IRS audits


I noted previously that there was a time when Congressman Elijah Cummings owed the IRS $30,000 in back taxes. When I wrote about that, I also pointed out some 1997 comments he made about the IRS in a column published in the Baltimore Afro-American.

From that column, as noted by The Baltimore Sun in 1999:

All of us pay taxes. Many of us share a paralyzing fear that we have made a mistake when we file our tax return by the April deadline. We have all heard the horror stories of the dreaded audit or the mistake made by the IRS and the years it took to fix it.

This is in contrast to comments made recently by Cummings. In fact, last night he was almost in tears as he apologized for IRS commissioner John Koskinen being put through “hell” by being asked hard questions by Rep. Trey Gowdy and other Republicans.

Watch those remarks below:

Pregnant woman and her unborn child murdered


Baltimore County Police reported that Friday evening (6/20/14) they responded to a home in the Rosedale area of Baltimore County after a 911 call from a resident who found her daughter severely injured. The victim, later identified as Summer Shemida Smith, was declared dead on the scene. Smith was 33 years old and lived at the home with her mother. Media reports indicated that her pregnancy was full-term. Her unborn child also died.

After an autopsy Saturday ,police announced that Smith’s death was the result of homicide. No cause of death or details on her injuries have been released. The autopsy results for her unborn child have not been announced yet by police either. Police say they don’t believe there is a danger to the community.

Maryland has a fetal homicide law (§ 2-103) which says that a defendant can be prosecuted for manslaughter or murder if (via NCSL.org) the perpetrator “intended to cause the death of the viable fetus; intended to cause serious physical injury to the viable fetus; or wantonly or recklessly disregarded the likelihood that the person’s actions would cause the death of or serious physical injury to the viable fetus.”

Under Maryland law (§ 2-209), viable “means that stage when, in the best medical judgment of the attending physician based on the particular facts of the case before the physician, there is a reasonable likelihood of the fetus’s sustained survival outside the womb.”

The fact that Smith’s pregnancy was full-term would seemingly indicate that any homicide prosecution would include a second charge for the death of the child in addition to charges for Smith’s death.

Watch Trey Gowdy question IRS Commissioner John Koskinen


Rep. Trey Gowdy questioned IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, a major Democratic Party donor, in a committee hearing tonight (June 23, 2014.)

Here’s the video:

Watch a new Adidas commercial featuring Sammy Watkins


Sammy Watkins, who the Buffalo Bills picked 4th in the 1st Round of the 2014 NFL Draft, has a new commercial for adidas Springblade Drive shoes.

Watch the commercial:

Watkins played football in college for Clemson, here’s a video of a kickoff return he made for a touchdown against Maryland in 2011:

Hat tip: Tigernet.com.

VIDEO: Musicians outside Baltimore Basilica

Last night, I attended the opening Mass of the 2014 Fortnight for Freedom at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption in downtown Baltimore. These musicians pictured above were playing and singing both before and after the Mass and I shot some video of them that’s embedded below. I’ll have more on the Mass itself later.

Here’s the first video I shot:

Here’s the second video: